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Pignatelli: Use Volkswagen Settlement Money for Electric Car Infrastructure
02:26PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, joined 37 other legislators who weighed in last week on the allocation of $75 million that the state is scheduled to receive from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund.    Members urged the state Department of Environmental Protection, which is charged with dispensing the money, to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and invest the balance of the funds in fully-electric transit and school buses.   The money will be received as part of a multi-state settlement with Volkswagen after it used a cheating computer system that ran emissions controls during testing but not during

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Chiropractor Sponsors Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
01:53PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Habitat Support

Dr. Kurt Schagen, owner of New Life Chiropractic, has once again chosen Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to be the recipient of his annual philanthropic campaign. To support Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Schagen will donate all of the proceeds from new patient exams scheduled through his community outreach program.

During community events, as well as part of our Wellness at Work program, all participants have the opportunity to schedule an initial consultation and examination for only $25. All of the money raised is then donated directly to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. In 2017 Dr. Kurt Schagen of New Life Chiropractic donated $2,525 to Central

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:36PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 46 local students among the 140 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 24.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Grade 12: Kelsey Brown, of Lee; Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Anouk Jolly, Lenox;

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Berkshires Beat: Grazie, Mingo's Take Top Honors in Chowder Cook-off
12:39PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The winners are

Hundreds of hungry WinterFest fans swarmed downtown to try samples of the nine fierce competitors at this year's annual Chowder Cook-off (find more photos here). Hundreds of ballots were cast for "People's Choice" favorites and write-ins for the "Only in North Adams" most unique chowder award. Voters were asked to rank their top three favorite, though many just picked one. Competitors were awarded three points for every first-place mark, two points for each second-place mark, and one point for every third-place mark.

In first place with 467 points was Grazie; a close second, Boston Seafood Restaurant snapped up second place with 460 points; and

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North Adams First-Graders Send Textbooks to Kenya
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brayton Elementary School first-graders pose with the books they sent to students in Kenya.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It takes a village to get a load of books from North Adams to an African village.

Brayton Elementary School first-grade teachers Elizabeth Patenaude and Jacqueline Thomas recently spearheaded an effort to send 60 reading textbooks to Chesegem Primary School in Eldoret South, Kenya. They were assisted by Leon Aalberts, a retired teach and minister from Williamstown, as well as Williams College student and Kenyan native Felix Biwott, and two classes of eager first-grade students who not only got to learn about geography but also about the joy of giving back.

The project

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PCTV Submits Proposal To Manage WTBR, The Brave FM
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television wants to turn WTBR into a community radio station.   For nearly four years, school officials have been looking for partners to keep the The Brave FM alive after the demolition of the current Taconic High School building.   In the last few months, those talks led to the local public access television station. PCTV Executive Director Shawn Serre said the discussions are "in the initial phase" right now. But the organization sees great benefit in not only saving the radio station but enhancing its programming.   "If we end up managing the operations, we will look to increase community involvement,"

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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Gas Station Robbery
11:17AM / Monday, February 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on an armed robbery that occurred at a Wahconah Street gas station on Saturday night.    The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. at the Gulf Gas Station at 186 Wahconah St. When officers arrived at the location they learned that a masked man had entered the store, brandished a knife, and demanded money.    The clerk, who suffered a small cut to one of his fingers during the robbery, reported that the suspect took cash from the register and then fled the store. The robbery suspect was described as being a white or Hispanic male.    Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield

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New 'Boutique Bridal Show' Offers Couples Quieter, Personal Meetings With Vendors
10:55AM / Monday, February 19, 2018

With Valentine's Day having passed and the "engagement season" now officially over, future newlyweds are wondering what's next: "Where will our venue be? Who will cater? Is this vendor reliable?" In a time that should be filled with excitement, the wedding planning process can quickly become a hodgepodge of questions and stress.

Sure, you can ask married friends for advice, but what if you both have different definitions of "good"? Yes, you can read Internet reviews for hours, but who is to say they are completely legitimate? Ultimately, nothing beats meeting with a vendor face-to-face, but it can be tricky to find the time to meet with 10 different

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Pittsfield Eyes Repairs To Taconic Track, Baseball Field
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Monday, February 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a brand-new school, the Pittsfield Parks Department is plotting a way to make upgrades to the Taconic High School track, football, and baseball fields.   Parks Commissioner Anthony DeMartino said the first goals would be to repair and re-stripe the track, replace fencing around both the track area and the baseball and soccer fields, and install a new backstop and dugouts at the baseball field. That would total $206,350, in which the Parks Department is looking to use Community Preservation Funding. The hope is to start with that and then continue with more projects over time.   "If you were going to go with the pie in the sky goal, it would be

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Pittsfield Health Director Concerned With Plastic Bag-Ban Enforcement
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:22PM / Sunday, February 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health has a few questions about its enforcement role in the proposed single-use plastic bag ban.   The petition, filed by the Green Commission and local attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo, is before the City Council now. It would place a ban on certain single-use plastic bags — mostly the plastic bags used for groceries at the supermarket. But the enforcement of that falls on the Board of Health, which says it wouldn't be able to do regular inspections.   "There are a lot of other retail establishments in the city. That would place a significant burden on the Health Department if we are to enforce all businesses with this ban,"

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Winter Carnival Draws Families to Springside Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52PM / Saturday, February 17, 2018

The volunteers adjusted some of the events. The snow painting event went on but on large rolls of paper. More photos from the event can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Winter Carnival had a snow problem on Saturday.   The problem was there wasn't any.   But that didn't stop the Springside Conservancy from hosting a winter celebration to bring families out to the park.   A few dozen families found their way to Springside Park on Saturday afternoon for a series of games and competition.   "We started this because we wanted kids to come out with families in the park," President Lisa Tully said. "We weren't making money off of

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Lanesborough Selectmen Discuss Safety of Youth Football
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:14AM / Saturday, February 17, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — As more information is learned about brain injuries related to football, Selectman Robert Ericson is questioning whether the town should change the sport for the town's youth.   "The CTE, degenerative brain disease, is happening more and more. It is a direct result of a game where kids, especially young children, get banged around a lot. Is there a way we can make football a little safer for our children?" Ericson questioned. "Is it time that we, as adults, start to look at the safety and long-term aspect?"   Ericson isn't alone in asking the question. Throughout the nation, football programs have been dramatically changed to

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